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PRO GAA Scene 2nd November 2016 2016-11-02 20:36:00

Glenbeigh-Glencar are Junior Premier Champions

After some agonising defeats at Junior level over the years, Glenbeigh-Glencar finally came good when defeating Na Gaeil in the Castleisland Mart Junior Premier Championship Final Replay at a sun drenched Fitzgerald Stadium on Sunday afternoon last. The winners laid the ground work for this victory in the first half when they outplayed their Tralee opponents to take an eight points lead to the dressing room and while Na Gaeil showed a distinct improvement during the second period to actually outscore their opponents it never looked like Glenbeigh-Glencar would surrender their lead.

In the end, the Mid Kerry boys had seven points to spare, 1-16 to 0-12. The new Tom Keane Perpetual Cup was presented to winning captain Colin McGillycuddy by Vice Chairman of the County Committee Diarmuid Ó Sé and Jimmy Roche presented the Castleisland Mart Man of the Match to Glenbeigh-Glencar’s centre back Pa Kilkenny.

Nominations for Annual Convention close this Wedneaday

This Wednesday evening 2nd November (5pm) is the closing date for the receipt of nominations and motions for the Annual Convention of Kerry GAA which will be held in the Rose Hotel Tralee on Wednesday December 14th.  Letters for nominations and motions have already been sent to the clubs.  Those nominated will have until Friday 4th November to confirm their candidacy.

At least three new officers will be elected to the Executive Committee at Convention. The current Chairman, Patrick O’Sullivan, Development Officer Tim Murphy and Coaching Officer Eamonn Whelan have to vacate their positions due to the five year rule.

Of the fifteen Officers who make up the Executive, the Secretary is a full time post appointed by Croke Park while the Children’s Officer (a position exempt from the 5 year rule) is nominated by the outgoing Executive as per GAA Rule but all of the remaining 13 officers have to be elected on an annual basis.  Clubs are reminded that motions for Convention have to be passed at a special meeting of the Club.

Kerry’s Magnificent 7 to be honoured

1997       2000       2004       2006       2007       2009       2014       


Kerry County Committee, in association with our Team Sponsors, Kerry Group, will honour our Senior Football All Ireland winning teams 1997 to 2014 at a Gala Dinner/Celebration to be held in the INEC Killarney on Saturday 19th November next.

The Players and Team Management from all seven teams will be the special guests of honour at this black tie event. In all, 84 players will be honoured as well as 25 members from the various management teams.

The celebration will also feature the launch of a specially commissioned DVD featuring the great players and personalities from this era, their stories and highlights from those wonderful games.

All proceeds from the night will go towards the development of the Kerry GAA Centre of Excellence at Currans. It promises to be a night to be remembered as rarely has there been such a coming together of All Ireland medal holders even in a county such as Kerry where such items are common currency.

To book a table or for further information please contact any of the following:

Joe Crowley       087-2438912       John O’Dwyer   087-2229899       Mike McCarthy   087-2865713

Tom Spillane     087-2567738       Peter Twiss        087-2236253       Patrick O’Sullivan 086-2377187

Junior Football Championship Replay

The replay of the Castleisland Mart Junior Football Championship final between Beale and Fossa will take place in Austin Stack Park on Sunday next November 6th at 2:30pm. Extra time failed to separate these two sides a fortnight ago at the same venue after a tremendously exciting game that thrilled all present. If the replay is half as good then we are in for another cracker. Tom McCarthy is the Referee.

Novice Football Championship Final

Tuosist and Lispole will clash in the Castleisland Mart Novice Championship Final also on Sunday next with a 2:30 throw in at Listry. Tuosist qualified for the final with a narrow 1-8 to 0-9 victory over Ballyduff in Kilcummin on Saturday week last but we have to go back to September 24th for Lispole’s semi final win over Cromane, a game they won by five points.

Senior Football League Playoffs

Sneem-Derrynane are promoted to Division 4 of the County League next season following a 0-13 to 1-7 victory over Tuosist at Beaufort on Sunday last. The winners now join Castlegregory and Duagh in the higher Division. The Division 4 playoff to decide the champions of that division will see the top two, Fossa and Na Gaeil playoff on Sunday November 13th at 2:30 at a venue to be decided.

The Division 1 final between Dr Crokes and Austin Stacks has been fixed for November 19th in Lewis Rd.

Munster Club Championship Update

Senior Club Championship

Dr Crokes, following their 1-14 to 0-8 victory over Kilmurray-Ibrickane in Quilty on Sunday have earned a home semi final tie against newly crowned Tipperary champions Loughmore-Castleiney in two weeks time. In the other semi final, Carbery Rangers of Cork will have home venue against the yet to be decided Waterford Champions.

Intermediate Club Championship

Kenmare had it all their own way in the Intermediate Club Championship at Clonmel on Sunday where they put Fethard to the sword on a 4-24 to 0-5 scoreline and they will now have a home venue against the Clare champions Kilfenora in two weeks time. Kiskeam of Cork play Adare of Limerick in the other semi final.

Junior Club Championship

Newly crowned Kerry champions, Glenbeigh-Glencar have earned a home venue for their semi final against the Waterford champions in two weeks time. The Waterford champions have yet to be decided. The Eastern Division Semi-Final and final have yet to be played with Western Division champions Colligan awaiting the winners.

Coiste Scór Chiarraí – Scór na nÓg Finals

The first competition in Scór for the season ahead will take place on Friday next November 11th with a starting time of 7pm at the C.Y.M.S Killorglin where the County Finals of Scór Na nÓg will take place. The Quiz which will not be part of the main event will have a starting time of 7:30pm upstairs at the same venue. All winners on the night will then go forward to the Munster Semi Finals to be held in Cashel County Tipperary commencing at 2pm on Sunday December 11th.

Cahill Cup Final

Skellig Rangers are the Cahill Cup champions for 2016 following a 1-15 to 1-6 victory over Kerins O’Rahillys at Cromane on Saturday last. A goal by Aaron O’Shea saw the winners lead by 1-5 to 0-2 at the break and though Mark Fitzgerald netted for the Tralee side at the three quarter stage it was not enough and Skellig Rangers captain Michael Walsh it was who accepted the Cahill Cup from County Committee Cultural Officer, Leona Twiss.

Kerry GAA Supporters Club Mass

The Kerry GAA Supporters Club annual mass for deceased members will take place in the Ballygarry House Hotel on Monday evening next at 8pm.

Hurling News with Tommy O’Connor of the PR & Marketing Committee

Kenmare/Kilgarvan are Minor League Division 1B Champions

Kenmare / Kilgarvan have won the Keane’s SuperValu Co. Minor Hurling League Division 1B title for 2016. In last Monday’s final, played at Austin Stack Park, they defeated Causeway by 3 – 15 to 2 – 13. Team captain was full back, Seán Casey, who was presented with the trophy by Gerard McCarthy, Oifigeach Iomána Coiste Chontae Chiarraí C.L.G. Match referee was Diarmuid Carroll (Ballyduff).

Munster Club championships

Kilgarvan gave a very creditable performance on Saturday last against the Waterford champions, Ballyduff Lower In the Munster Junior Hurling Championship quarter final, going down in the end by 0 – 15 to 0 – 5.

This weekend it is the turn of Kilmoyley in Munster club competition. They take on Limerick intermediate champions, Monaleen, on Sunday in the semi-final of the Munster Intermediate Hurling championship. Venue is the Gaelic Grounds where there will be a 1.30p.m. throw in. All fixture and result details at www.munstergaa.ie

Tom Healy Tournament

The finals of the annual Tom Healy Under 15 hurling tournament were played under lights on Friday evening last at Abbeydorney. The Cup competition was won by the host club. They defeated Lixnaw in the final by 2 – 9 to 2 – 6. Team captain was Jamie Herbert and Player of the Match was Niall Cullen. Ballyheigue won the Shield competition, overcoming Crotta in the final, 3 – 7 to 1 – 7. Team captain was Ciarán Casey while Nathan Guerin won the Player of the Match Award.


Clubs are now planning their annual general meetings with the following to take place this month: Tralee Parnell’s Hurling Club on Friday, 18th Nov. at the Kerins-O’Rahilly’s Clubhouse at 9.00p.m.; Abbeydorney G.A.A. Club on Sunday. 20th Nov. at 2.00 pm in The Complex; Lixnaw Hurling Club on Friday, 25th Nov. in their Clubrooms at 8.00p.m.

The North Kerry Hurling Board annual Awards night will take place at Ballyroe Height’s Hotel on Friday, 18th November.